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Paulina Rubio

Breastfeeding Helped Her Avoid Jail

6/26/2011 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The charges against Paulina Rubio were so minor, Miami police didn't plan to take her to jail yesterday -- but according to the police report, the final factor in their decision ... Rubio told cops she had to get home to breastfeed her child.

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According to the report, after Rubio got into a car accident, the first officer on scene instructed her to get out of her car and onto the sidewalk. Rubio refused to get out of the car, the report states, at one point cursing at the officer in Spanish.

Once the officer told Rubio she was under arrest, got her out of the car, and placed the handcuffs on her, Rubio screamed out, "Help! Help! I didn't do anything! Look what they're doing! Help! Abusers! You bunch of liars! Help!"

The report says Rubio continued to yell at the officers even from inside the patrol car. An hour later, according to the report, Rubio calmed down and apologized. The officer says he issued her a summons to appear in court, and didn't take her in to jail, because she claimed to have "an extenuating circumstance (she breast feeds her 6 month old child)."

As TMZ first reported, Rubio was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice and refusal to obey a lawful command.

A rep for Rubio had no comment.

Paulina Rubio

Arrested After Minor Car Accident

6/26/2011 12:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paulina Rubio was arrested by police in Florida on Saturday afternoon after she got into it with cops following a small car accident -- but she was not taken into custody ... TMZ has learned. 

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Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Rubio was involved in an accident just blocks away from the ocean in Miami.

According to law enforcement, the accident was relatively minor -- and Rubio was not at fault -- but she got into some kind of argument with officers on scene and was subsequently arrested.

We're told she was busted for disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice and refusal to obey a lawful command -- but the charges were small enough that Rubio was not taken into custody. Instead, she was issued a summons to appear at a later date.

Calls to Rubio's rep were not immediately returned.

'Real Housewives' Car Acciden

He Attacked Me!

2/10/2011 7:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump tells TMZ she just got attacked by a lumber truck driver in Beverly Hills.

Lisa Vanderpump Car Accident
Lisa tells TMZ ... she was driving on Benedict Canyon Drive when some lumber from the truck in front of her fell off.  Lisa tried to avoid the wood by attempting to quickly pass the truck, but she says the truck driver intentionally tried squeezing her to the curb.

Lisa says the truck actually attached to her Bentley, causing "serious damage."

And Lisa tells us, "I'm not feeling so good.  I'm going to see a doctor."

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Lisa's "Real Housewives" co-star Kyle Richards showed up at the scene to help.

021011_mr_vanderpump_videoShe says she's not going to file a police report.

After the accident, Lisa's husband Ken Todd told us some great news ... their dog Jiggy wasn't involved in the crash.

Tara Lipinski

Skates in Fender Bender Lawsuit

10/10/2010 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tara Lipinski just scored a perfect 10 in her legal battle against a dude who claims the former Olympic gold-medalist wrecked his car and caused him "serious injuries" -- in fact, girl got off the hook scot-free.

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The guy in question -- named Bryan Fuller -- sued Lipinski for $7,500 in July, claiming she backed into him with her SUV while he was exiting an L.A. parking lot last year ... and as a result, he suffered "serious injuries to his neck, back, left shoulder, left arm" ... and the list goes on.

Dude claimed his medical bills totaled $2,279 after the incident -- not to mention "at least" $1,223.02 in damages to his vehicle -- but clearly the judge wasn't buying his case ... because when the gavel came down earlier this week, Mr. Fuller was awarded jack squat.

Lipinski has a history of sliding by.

Jesse James

Drags TMZ Boss

Through the Mud

9/14/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jesse James had a total breakdown during an off-road race in Primm, Nevada this weekend -- and sources who know nothing about cars have determined the whole thing is Harvey Levin's fault.

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As we previously reported, James threw a HL decal on the side of his badass custom-built racer ... despite multiple warnings that Harvey has a terrible history with cars.

So when the truck was set to make its official debut -- everything went to hell ... meaning the car broke down mid-race and never crossed the finish line.

He may be the size of a leprechaun ... but he's clearly no lucky charm.

TV Chef

Survives Violent Head-On Collision

7/21/2010 5:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A TV chef who barely survived Gordon Ramsay's kitchen is once again lucky to be alive ... after he was involved in a nasty hit-and-run crash that left the cook seriously banged up.

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TMZ spoke with Chris Spradley -- one of the culinary competitors on Ramsay's upcoming show "MasterChef" -- who tells us dude was driving home from the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip last week when some dumbass in a minivan blew a stop sign ... and the two vehicles collided.

Spradley -- creator of a beer cheese soup that Chef Ramsay considers "the most disgusting f**king soup I've ever tasted in my life" -- suffered injuries to his ribs and ankle ... but nothing life threatening.

Law enforcement sources tell us the four passengers in the other vehicle were all intoxicated -- and they claim the driver of the van fled the scene. So far, no arrests have been made.

LeAnn Rimes

Involved in One-Cart Accident

12/4/2009 5:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeAnn Rimes -- no stranger to ramming into things she's not supposed to -- was at it again today ... but this time the victim was an un-married golf cart.

LeAnn Rimes Involved in One-Cart Accident

According to witnesses at the scene, LeAnn was backing out of a parking spot at The Commons shopping center today in Calabasas, CA when she collided with a security golf cart.

Star CrashesWe're not sure who was at fault -- but we do know there were no injuries and the matter was taken care of privately.

Phelps After Crash

99 Bottle of Beer

on the Wall

8/16/2009 3:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael PhelpsMichael Phelps may not have been at fault for his car accident this week, but he wasn't exactly squeaky clean, either.

Phelps will be cited for driving with an expired license, which was from Michigan, the NY Post is reporting. Phelps will have to appear before a judge, though no date has been set so far.

Phelps also admitted to police he had a beer about an hour before the crash. He was not given a Breathalyzer test on scene.

Phelps was involved in a two-car accident in Baltimore on Thursday. It was ruled the other driver ran a red light, causing the wreck.


Want a More

Simple Life?

6/22/2007 2:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Have you thought about telling your boss to shove it, selling off all your stuff, and hitting the open road with Paris and Nicole's Airstream trailer? Time to go!

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That's right, the same 25-foot 2004 Airstream trailer that Paris nearly crashed in "The Simple Life" is up for sale on eBay. Paris put the ding in the rear panel ... long before she was in the ding herself!

Own a piece of TV history ... and get the hell outta town.

Lohan

Accused of Being Smashed

During Smash-Up

6/14/2007 8:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan is being sued by a man who claims she was drunk when she crashed her Mercedes into his van after leaving the famous Ivy restaurant in West Hollywood in 2005. He is suing both Lohan and The Ivy.

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In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and obtained by TMZ, Raymundo Ortega claims Lohan, who was 19 at the time, was dining at The Ivy ... "where she consumed alcohol and became intoxicated" minutes before the wreck. The suit alleges that "The Ivy's conduct of serving alcoholic beverages to Lohan was a factor in causing the injuries to Ortega."

Ortega claims that on the day of the accident, Lohan was "driving recklessly" at 60 MPH to avoid having her picture taken by paparazzi and "looking over her shoulder instead of watching the road." As a result, Ortega is suing both The Ivy and Lohan for damages in excess of $200,000.

In the suit, Ortega accuses Lohan of having a history of "racing and speeding with Mercedes Benz high performance car and as a result received several speeding tickets and has been in several accidents."

Reps for Lohan were not immediately available for comment.

Eddie

Gets 'Crashie'

From Jimmy K.

3/30/2007 12:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Click to return to TMZ.comEddie Griffin collected a trophy for his high profile Ferrari crash -- but it's not necessarily an honor.

On last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Jimmy gave the questionable road menace a Crashie Award for "Best Celebrity Driver" for his totaling of an Enzo at a charity event this past Monday. Kimmel explained that past winners included the car-seat phobic Britney Spears, and Billy Joel, who once crashed into a house.

Ever appreciative, Griffin thanked "the producer (whose Ferrari was the one he totaled), the director and the manufacturer, 'cuz I'm still here."

So what's next for Griffin now that he's won the coveted golden award? "I'm going to Disneyland!"

Was Griffin's Crash a Hoax?

3/27/2007 6:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Click to return to TMZ.comTMZ is just askin' ... what's wrong with this picture?

Eddie Griffin's ultra-expensive crash in a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo has been all over television and the Internet today, but could the pricey wipeout really be a brilliant marketing ploy?

In the video obtained by CBS2 News in Los Angeles, it shows the car slamming into a concrete barricade. But, to quote Dr. Henry Lee from the O.J. Simpson case, "Something wrong."

Roll the video and take a close look at the guy standing next to the concrete barrier. He doesn't even flinch as the car comes near. Also, it's pretty interesting that after the crash, Griffin joked it up, saying, "Undercover Brother's good at karate and all the rest of that, but the brother can't drive."

This isn't the first time that one of Daniel Sadek's high-priced cars have been wrecked. During production of his movie, "Redline," two of the producer/real estate investor's expensive Porsche Carrera GTs were totaled during filming. One of the collisions was designed as a stunt. The other was an accident.

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Eddie Griffin's publicist, Lori Jonas, told TMZ, "It was not a hoax. Eddie was racing for a charity to promote his upcoming film, "Redline." He got in an accident. He is suffering from neck and shoulder pain as a result of the accident. It was in no way a hoax."

"Undercover Brother" Crashes $1.5 Million Ferrari

3/27/2007 1:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Comedian Eddie Griffin saw his life (and his bank account) flash before his eyes Monday after he smashed a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo into a concrete wall during a charity event at Irwindale Speedway, leaving the ultra-expensive sports car a smoking pile of twisted metal.

The high-speed collision, captured on tape by KCBS in Los Angeles took place during rehearsals for a charity event called "Race for a Cause." Griffin, who starred in "Undercover Brother" and "Norbit," left the crash scene in an ambulance, although he did not suffer any serious injuries and seemed to be in good spirits.

The luxury automobiles used in the charity event were part of a promotion for the film "Redline," a movie about the high-end world of high-performance sports cars.

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